Summer 2007 Legal Studies Courses

Summer 2007  Legal Studies Courses

All courses listed are subject to change.

LS 102 Policing and Society

M.Musheno 4 units, Area IV Session D 07/02-08/10/07 MTuWTh 12-2P

This course examines the American social institution of policing with particular emphasis on urban law enforcement. It explores the social, economic and cultural forces that pull policing in the direction of state legal authority and power as well as those that are a counter-weight to the concentration of policing powers in the state. Special attention is given to how policing shapes and is shaped by the urban landscape, legal to cultural.

LS 111: The Making of Modern Constitutionalism

Lieberman 4 units, Area II Session A 05/21-06/29/07 MTuWTh 2-4P

Historical examination of the emergence of constitutionalism as an authoritative approach to the study of law and politics; coverage from the 16th to 18th centuries, concluding in discussion of the debate over ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

LS 144: Comparative Private Law

Gordley 4 units, Area IIISession A 05/21-06/29/07 MTuWTh 2-4P

The law of torts governs when one person is liable to another for harming him. The law of concepts governs when he is liable for breaking a promise. This course will consider how the law of four countries, the U.S., England, France, and Germany, deals with key issue of tort and contract; and to what extent common and civil law systems are different. We will also ask to what extent all these legal systems are confronting the same problems, and if so, why they often arrive at different answers.

LS 156 Bioethics And The Law **Canceled**

M. Shultz 4 units, Area I Session A 05/21-06/29/07 MTuWTh 2-4P

Law now plays a prominent role in medicine and science. Recent years have witnessed a major expansion of law’s involvement. Law (statutory and court-made) articulates and interprets norms of conduct. This course will examine a number of topics where law and medicine intersect involving many of our most fundamental values including body, life, death, religion, reproduction, sexuality, and family. In each area we will include both traditional issues, like “right to die” and more current disputes such as physician assisted suicide. **Canceled**

LS 157: International Relations & International Law

Guzman 4 units, Area II & III Session A 05/21-06/29/07 MTuWTh 10-12P

This course will evaluate and assess modern theories of international law. We will examine the work of legal scholars and look to political science and economics to see how these disciplines inform the study of international law. We will also examine a host of fundamental questions in international law, including, for example, why states enter into international agreements, why states comply with international law, and what kind of state conduct is likely to be influenced by international law.

LS 170: Crime and Criminal Justice

Perry 4 units, Area IV Session A 05/21-06/29/07 MTuWTh 12-2P

This course examines the scope and causes of the crime problem in America, and the uses and limits of our criminal justice system in dealing with it. The class will look at recent trends in crime and at how our crime problem compares with that of other countries. Topics include the massive expansion of the American prison system in recent years and its effect on the crime rate, critical analyses of different theories of the causes of crime, strategies for preventing and controlling crime, death penalty, gun control, white-collar crime, and crime in the family 4 units, Area IV

182: Law, Politics & Society

Feeley 4 units, Area III or IV Session A 05/21-06/29/07 MTuWTh 8-10A

This course examines the theory and practice of legal institutions in performing several major functions of law: allocating authority, defining relationships, resolving conflict, adapting to social change, and fostering social solidarity. In doing so, it will assess the nature and limits of law as well as consider alternative perspectives on social control and social change.

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